Thursday Lights Extras at Toledo Zoo

Posted Dec 2nd, 2014 by Andi Norman  Category: Arts & Entertainment,


Sometimes Friday is just too far away. To help the weekend get here a little sooner, the Toledo Zoo brings you a weekend of fun, one day early. Starting Dec. 4, Thursday evenings feature ice-carving demonstrations, local radio station broadcasts and, from 5 to 7 p.m. – courtesy of longtime Lights Before Christmas sponsor, KeyBank — free 3-D glasses (to make the Lights even more magical).

This year, in addition to over a million lights and 200+ illuminated animal images, Lights visitors are enjoying the live reindeer and outdoor warming fires of the new winter village, sponsored by Taylor Automotive Family. The highlight of the winter village is a new outdoor ice slide that coasts along the natural slope of the Zoo’s historic Amphitheatre.

Visitors’ Lights Before Christmas favorites continue, from the nationally acclaimed Big Tree to the Dancing Lights synchronized music/lighting experience by Cheetah Valley. The Safari Railway, African Animal Carousel and Historic Carousel are open for family fun as well (weather permitting), along with the model train display in the award-winning children’s zoo, Nature’s Neighborhood. And don’t forget Santa! The jolly old elf hears children’s wishes in the historic Museum of Science through Dec. 23.

The Lights run through Jan. 4, 2015 (closed only on the evening of Dec. 24, along with day and evening of Dec. 25 and Jan. 1). Hours are 3 – 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, with the Zoo closing at 9 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday, the hours are 3 – 9 p.m., with the Zoo closing at 10 p.m.

Toledo Zoo members get unlimited free Monday-Thursday Lights Before Christmas visits, plus one free weekend visit. Visitors save $1 per ticket by ordering online at

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